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Economical Paint

Will be doing some chassis, rear end painting etc. and will need about a quart of black paint. Something that can be thinned for spraying. I want something economical not overpriced.
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Re: Economical Paint

Use the rustoleum pro series semi gloss black.
I use a hardener with it and its pretty good and cheap.
thin it 10%.
About $10 a qt at the box stores


remember the key to a good paint job is good prep.
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Use the rustoleum pro series semi gloss black.
I use a hardener with it and its pretty good and cheap.
thin it 10%.
About $10 a qt at the box stores


remember the key to a good paint job is good prep.
Thin with mineral spirits or does Rustoleum take a special thinner?
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https://www.summitracing.com/parts/r...xoC7MkQAvD_BwE

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I did a search and acetone seems to be recommended for thinning though mineral spirits can be used for clean up.
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Re: Economical Paint

thats what I use
use enamel hardener
otherwise it takes days for it to cure
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I need someone to economically paint my whole truck... I can't spray to save my life! I can do bodywork all day long, I can bondo or weld your ******* shut (if you don't walk too fast) but paint, nope!
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I need someone to economically paint my whole truck... I can't spray to save my life! I can do bodywork all day long, I can bondo or weld your ******* shut (if you don't walk too fast) but paint, nope!
Well, I've never painted a complete vehicle, the actual spraying is something that takes practice to master. The real work is in the prep. I think I have some automotive white I can practice with before I paint mine.
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Solid colors are easy to spray. As long as you go with the manufacturer's instructions, the process isn't terribly difficult.
When you run into differing weather conditions, that's when it becomes a little trickier.

Hot weather will cause quick flash off = paint dries too fast and can dull.
Cold weather will cause paint to run = faster reducer and don't mud on the paint.

Clear coat is also fairly easy to apply. Apply a 1st tack coat, then double pass 2 to 3 more coats.

Most clear coats are 2 part. In other words, they don't use a reducer. I have had to add reducer in some cases when the clear doesn't "flow". Usually on the last coats.

Poly metallic paints are another story. Zebra stripes are common - if you don't know how to apply the metallic paint. Generally speaking, you have to "dust" it on. Keep your gun away from the panels. It takes more paint and time to apply.


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So what type of paint is easiest for the novice to do at home...no spray booth but a big compressor and HVLP gun.
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depends on what youre trying to paint
chassis parts is a good place to start
semi gloss black enamel is about the most forgiving
heck the factory even had runs in it,and alot of the stuff was dipped.
Just for kicks try this
5 gallon bucket almost full of clean water.
pour about a half inch of rustoleum very slowly on top of the water.
Very carefully push the part youre painting thru the paint going slow and steady to get complete coverage.
once its completely coated quickly pull it out and hang to dry.
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depends on what youre trying to paint
chassis parts is a good place to start
semi gloss black enamel is about the most forgiving
heck the factory even had runs in it,and alot of the stuff was dipped.
Just for kicks try this
5 gallon bucket almost full of clean water.
pour about a half inch of rustoleum very slowly on top of the water.
Very carefully push the part youre painting thru the paint going slow and steady to get complete coverage.
once its completely coated quickly pull it out and hang to dry.
I see two problems. First, that rear-end won't fit in a five-gallon bucket. Second, when I was young and fifteen lbs heavier I could have lifted the rear-end but not risking an injury at my age. LOL
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factory doesnt "dip" large parts...Well some do.Ive seen videos of heavy equipment being totally submersed.

Im sure you ll have something smaller to paint.
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factory doesnt "dip" large parts...Well some do.Ive seen videos of heavy equipment being totally submersed.

Im sure you ll have something smaller to paint.
LoL...my attempt at humor. Interesting concept can't say I've ever heard of it before.
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https://www.pacline.com/solutions/pa...tems/dip-line/


just to give you an idea of how its done on a large scale
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